Members of Colorado’s Congressional Democratic delegation are rushing to dispense with thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Rep. Charles Rangel, D-NY, who is facing formal ethics charges in the House:
Several Democratic lawmakers in Congress, meanwhile, have come under fire from Republicans and watchdog groups for not returning campaign contributions from committees tied to Rangel. Lawmakers considered vulnerable this election cycle — including Colorado Reps. Betsy Markey, John Salazar and Ed Perlmutter — have been targeted for the scrutiny.
The National Republican Congressional Committee says about $588,000 in contributions to Democrats from Rangel’s committees have been either returned or donated to charity.
Representative Markey received $7,000 in contributions from Rangel in 2008, while Rep. Salazar collected $4,000 over the course of several election cycles between 2004 and 2008. Both have committed to donating the funds to charities within their Congressional districts.
Rep. Perlmutter’s office claims that none of the $9,000 in campaign funds given by Rangel arrived after the 2006 election cycle. Rep. Diana DeGette, first elected in 1996, has received no contributions from the embattled Congressional leader.